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UF/IFAS Ordway-Swisher Biological Station

UF/IFAS Ordway-Swisher Biological Station


As part of our outreach goal, OSBS provides opportunities for life-long learning about the natural world to the broader community of north Florida through volunteer opportunities and group tours. We also provide talks to groups who are interested in learning about OSBS and its mission.


Since the Station's inception, volunteers have provided an important role in enhancing OSBS's mission. Volunteering at OSBS provides an opportunity to work in areas such as resource management, science, and environmental education/interpretation. A volunteer is a person who performs service under a current, signed UF Volunteer Application and Volunteer Agreement, and provides this service free of charge. If you are interested in volunteering at the Station, please fill out the Volunteer Application, then contact the station and ask for Jennifer Klindt.

Conservation Work Campers

The Station began a new outreach program in 2013 identified as Conservation Work Campers (CWC). The program provides a free full-hookup campsite at the OSBS campground in return for 16 hours of volunteer work per week. A minimum of 3 months commitment is required. Volunteers participate in a number of projects that support the management and conservation of the Station. Examples of projects include:

  • Preparing management units for prescribed fire
  • Landscaping & mowing of facilities
  • Trail and road trimming and clearing
  • Basic carpentry projects
  • Assist in removal of trash and refuse from habitats
  • Tractor mowing of trails
  • Assist in the removal of exotic-invasive plant species
  • Assist staff on outreach tours
  • Facilities maintenance

If you are interested in the Conservation Camper program, please contact the station and ask for Jennifer Klindt.